The Danbury Westerners are part of the elite New England Collegiate Baseball League, which allows top tier college baseball players to play a very busy, 44 game schedule in 13 New England towns in June and July.

The NECBL is considered one of the best collegiate Summer leagues in the country, and major league scouts often check out games to evaluate prospects. Former Westerners currently playing in the major leagues include Matt Joyce of the Atlanta Braves and Yankee pitcher Adam Ottavino. In addition, there are over 25 Westerners alumni playing in the minor leagues for organizations like the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Orioles, Dodgers and more.

The Westerners play their games at Rogers Park in Danbury. They are in need of a few host families willing to open up their homes for July and August as these young men come from all over the country to play baseball here in the Hat City.

According to the Westerners' website, host families must:

  • Provide a private bedroom for June and July
  • Live within 25 miles of Danbury
  • Provide kitchen access and meals as needed
  • Players will have their own transportation.

In return, the benefits of being a host family are:

  • You'll build relationships that last a lifetime
  • Free admission for life at any NECBL stadium
  • 10% off Danbury Westerners merchandise
  • A free week of Westerners baseball camp
  • And who knows, the player that stayed with you could end up in the big leagues. That would be some serious bragging rights.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing, contact Shelley Pitser at shelley@danburywesterners.com. Opening Day for the Westerners is June 5 and they still have a number of players that need to be placed.